• WordNet 3.6
    • adj immobile securely fixed in place "the post was still firm after being hit by the car"
    • adj immobile not capable of movement or of being moved
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Immobile Incapable of being moved; immovable; fixed; stable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • immobile Not mobile; incapable of moving or of being moved; immovable; fixed; stable.
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  • Wayne Dyer
    “Anything inside that immobilizes me, gets in my way, keeps me from my goals, is all mine.”
  • Henri L. Bergson
    Henri L. Bergson
    “To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. immobilis,: cf. F. immobile,. See Immobility


In literature:

Tears came into her eyes, but no trace of emotion was to be marked by any change in her immobile face.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
The face of the half-breed remained immobile, inscrutable.
"The Wilderness Trail" by Frank Williams
A few yards away, Easy Money stood immobile in the moonlight.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
Flaubert, the apostle of the immobile, objected.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
She stood silent, immobile, with her eyes still fixed upon the floor.
"Brooke's Daughter" by Adeline Sergeant
Though his aristocratic features were immobile, it was obvious that he was in no amiable frame of mind.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
When Allied aircraft appear, motor and horse transport remain immobile at the roadside or under trees.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
They sit upright and immobile, with their hands folded on their knees.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
Forth touched a button and the face of Jay Allison, immobile, appeared on the visionscreen.
"The Planet Savers" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
They were immobile in positions of motion, as though they were playing the children's game of Statues.
"The Six Fingers of Time" by Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
Andres was silent, immobile, faultless in a severity of black and white.
"The Bright Shawl" by Joseph Hergesheimer
The process of immobilizing the brute by winching the squeeze-cage tight was elementary.
"Clean Break" by Roger Dee
The robed lama stood immobile, just within range of the firelight.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
Alurna lay quiescent within his grasp, looking up at the immobile face so near her own.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
They stood before him, immobile, watching.
"A Gift For Terra" by Fox B. Holden
The pacification of Morocco immobilized thousands of her troops.
"A History of the Third French Republic" by C. H. C. Wright
Even the servants forgot their errands and remained immobile, with gaping faces.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
He saw her only immobile, looking down at him.
"Making Money" by Owen Johnson
Schwartz was arguing, I imagined, but she stood immobile, scornful, watching him.
"The Window at the White Cat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Thus it may happen that mobile artillery becomes immobile and vice versa.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various

In poetry:

Take me by the hand;
it's so easy for you, Angel,
for you are the road
even while being immobile.
"Music" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Ei non udillo;--come le statue
Chiuse nel tempio--pareva immobile,
E la fisa pupilla
Non mandava scintilla.
"Anacreonte" by Ferdinando Fontana
Tutti abbiam nella vita
L'ora fatal che resta, come negro stilita
Sul nostro capo, immobile, finche' anuiam sottoterra.
"Meriggio" by Ferdinando Fontana
Inviolate and immobile she does not rise she
does not stir
For silver moons are naught to her and naught
to her the suns that reel.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
No sunny smile reposes
Upon that mouth and face,
But faintest blush of pale pink roses
Has left its lovely trace
In silent beauty there
Serene, immobile, rare.
"The Daguerreotype" by Aaron Southwick
A doubtful figure climbs on the distant steep
Like a love whose unshapen features change and flow;
And the mists that soar from immobile roots asleep
Aspire, it would seem, to a goal where all things go.
"Crimen Amoris" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- On Monday evening, a fundraiser was held for a man whose disease might have immobilized him, but it definitely got the community moving.
According to the WWE, Garcia is in stable condition but doctors had to immobilize her neck as a precaution and was kept overnight in the hospital.
"Ryan McNamara was judged first," writes Ms Ryzik, "because his installation — in which two people were immobilized by wooden boards and pounds of sand — seemed to be rapidly endangering the health of his volunteers.".
Now, there is Calvin Hill's moronic idea to require Cowboys players to use devices that will immobilize their vehicles if the players are deemed unfit to drive.
Guidelines and products for transporting & immobilizing pediatric patients.
Wes Lunt 's knee immobilized.
Immobile, but still operative .
Look, there are some people who are clearly immobile in the politics game.
Classic NorEastah's have been slamming the East Coast, immobilizing major cities and sending skiers into a powder frenzy.
Immobilized prisoner 's upper body in full view of the arresting officer, allowing the officer to complete his report or to accomplish further arrests.
It is difficult to disagree with Stanley Hoffmann's somber assessment of the present immobilism that governs the search for peace in the Middle East.
Why Does Mobile Seem Immobile.
Seismic stimulation aims to enhance oil production by sending seismic waves across a reservoir to liberate immobile patches of oil.
Congress is immobile, inept and incapable of agreeing on anything except leaving town.
There are worse things in the world, sure -- and said strangers are, nicely, almost always happy to help -- but the scene is a reminder of how immobilizing strollers can be for the parents who rely on them for mobility.

In science:

In both cases, the number of obstacles corresponded to θ = 0.418 with immobile obstacles (i.e. close to the percolation threshold).
Anomalous subdiffusion due to obstacles : A critical survey
An incident x-ray photon excites a deep core electron to an unoccupied state with higher energy, leaving behind a positively charged core hole which can be treated to be immobile in many cases.12,13 If there exist conduction electrons (of metals), they react to this suddenly created potential by deep core hole.
Theoretical study of X-ray absorption of three-dimensional topological insulator $\mathrm{Bi}_2\mathrm{Se}_3$
In particular, when driven by an external force f at zero temperature, disorder leads to a depinning transition at a threshold value f = fc , below which the interface is immobile, and above which steady-state motion sets in.
Maximum relative height of elastic interfaces in random media
R, R (cid:16) R1 and R1 (cid:16) R0 are thicknesses of target and projectile backward jets respectively; in zone II (r > R) the target is immobile; V is the current velocity of the uneroded part of the projectile, Vt(cid:16) (cid:3)is the (cid:610) Vp+ are velocities of backward jets.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
For standard Brownian motion (H = 1/2) in presence of a trap which moves as −lz , the leading large-L behavior of the survival probability SL is exactly the same as in the case of an immobile trap, provided that z < 1/2 .
Anomalous fluctuations of currents in Sinai-type random chains with strongly correlated disorder
Since the defect sites are assumed to be immobile, the random fields do not change with time.
Power-law correlations and orientational glass in random-field Heisenberg models
Since the atoms are assumed to be immobile, the ni′ do not change with time.
Quasi-Long-Range Order in Random-Anisotropy Heisenberg Models
In conclusion, we studied the asymptotic probability distribution of the algebraic area enclosed by a planar random walk in the presence of immobile random traps.
Distribution of the area enclosed by a 2D random walk in a disordered medium
The situation of an immobile obstacle, i.e., of a vertical wall, with slope v = 0, corresponds to M = fM = 1 and N = 2.
Statistics of persistent events in the binomial random walk: Will the drunken sailor hit the sober man?
Since the defect sites are assumed to be immobile, the φi do not change with time.
Random Field and Random Anisotropy Effects in Defect-Free Three-Dimensional XY Models
The model involving a single, immobile, ungated target A and a concentration of mobile, gated B particles is solved exactly.
Kinetics of stochastically-gated diffusion-limited reactions and geometry of random walk trajectories
Sources of restriction to free diffusion may include lipid domains trapping, binding to immobile proteins and/or obstruction by cytoskeletal elements.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis
After an analytical determination of the fluorescence recovery function based on an anomalous subdiffusion model, experimental recoveries obtained in living cells were analysed using random diffusion with or without an immobile fraction and compared to the analyse using time-dependent anomalous subdiffusion.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis
Experimental fluorescence recoveries of the protein obtained in living cells (n=17) were fitted by three different models (Fig.2): - classical diffusion without restriction (derived from eq.12 of Axelrod ). - classical diffusion introducing an immobile fraction M.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis
The experimental recoveries obtained on PH-EFA6 showed that Brownian diffusion without immobile fraction did not fit the data.
Membrane bound protein diffusion viewed by fluorescence recovery after bleaching experiments : models analysis